The SDT researchers are all rooted in Science and Technology Studies.The SDT research group takes a transdisciplinary approach, combining insights from engineering, ethnography, economics and organizational studies, in developing our understanding of the complex interplay between social, technological and environmental systems. Emphasis is given to how it is possible to break out of existing socio-technical “lock-ins”. SDT’s research focuses on three overarching themes: transitions studies, design and innovation processes in companies and other organizations, transition studies within and across different sectors (nexus studies) and studies of the techno-institutional complexes associated with the development of new energy systems and cities.
Methodologically, SDT research is based primarily on qualitative studies, e.g. ethnographical studies, case studies and action research, including experimentation with different forms of intervention.
The SDT ambition is to create new knowledge about the processes involved in making sustainable transitions that may inspire and engage stakeholders outside the university in making sustainable transitions.